For the people who want to look the future in the eyes

For the people who want to look the future in the eyes

Join a school of education ranked in the top 150 worldwide.

Nau mai, haere mai.
Welcome to Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education – New Zealand’s leading school of education.

Research that makes a difference, quality programmes and inspiring leadership are what makes us distinctive.

Our flexible on-campus and online programmes are grounded in current theories in education and offer opportunities for real-life practical experiences. Our sought-after graduates establish successful careers in New Zealand and overseas. Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education offers a supportive and friendly environment and provides graduates with an education that is first-rate.

Rated as one of the leading educational research centres in the country, our researchers contribute to areas such as teacher education, special education, educational leadership, counsellor education, and Māori education.

Study teaching

Study teaching at Waikato and transform learning, foster imagination and inspire the next generation to lead change. Kickstart your career in as little as one year, and gain practical in-class experience throughout your qualification.

School leaver?

Study a Bachelor of Teaching to specialise in Early Childhood Education or Primary teaching.

If you are wanting to study secondary teaching, first take a bachelor's degree and take papers in the subjects you wish to teach, and then apply for one of our one-year teaching qualifications.

Bachelor of Teaching

Career changer or have a degree already?

Become a qualified teacher in only one year in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Primary (P) or Secondary (S). Find the right qualification for you.

Please note: the Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Master of Teaching and Learning are subject to CUAP approval.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE, P, S)
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (P, S)
Master of Teaching and Learning (P, S)

Postgraduate education programmes

Advance your career and improve your skills in Education with a master's degree from Waikato. Become a practitioner that challenges social norms with our Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies. Develop expertise in a specialist area with a Master of Education. Make a difference to the quality of education with a Master of Educational Leadership. Or gain leadership and business skills with our new Master of Educational Management.

We also have a number of other postgraduate options available, including pathways to Masters degrees.


The counsellor education programmes at the University of Waikato are known nationally and internationally for their distinctive orientation, in teaching narrative approaches to counselling and therapy. Graduates of the programmes have taken up leadership positions as practitioners, practice leaders, researchers and counsellor educators.

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling (with a specialisation in Counselling Supervision)

Master of Counselling

Master of Education (Counselling Studies)

Social Sciences

Study Digital LearningEducation and Society or Human Development with a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education. Work with and for people in a flexible way that works for you; many of our papers we offer in these subjects are available online.